Annual Undergraduate Juried Exhibition

April 22nd – May 6th

Hartnett Gallery is pleased to announce the “Annual Undergraduate Juried Exhibition,” with work by current undergraduate students from all departments across the University of Rochester. The exhibition will open in the Hartnett Gallery in Wilson Commons on Wednesday, April 22nd, and a reception will take place from 5:00 to 7:00pm that evening. Refreshments will be provided.

The exhibition represents the diversity of artistic practices that students at the University of Rochester are engaged with. From the camera to the canvas to digital work, all varieties of artistic media are included. Hartnett Gallery hosts this open call and exhibition each year in an effort to promote and support the artistic creativity on campus. The exhibition will be on view until Wednesday, May 6th.


You Are Full of Magic
September 12 – October 5, 2008

Works on paper by Danielle Rante


Hartnett Gallery is pleased to announce the exhibition, “You Are Full of Magic,” drawings and works on paper by artist Danielle Rante. “You Are Full of Magic” will open in the Hartnett Gallery on Friday, September 12th and will be on display through October 5th.

Rante approaches each drawing as an exploration of and investigation into her response to the the details that surround her. The drawings are infused with biological, decorative, and feminine imagery as well as references to music, science and Eastern philosophy. The artist explains that she never knows exactly where each drawing may go, but resolves herself to thinking each is meant to be the way it is. The paper as a medium, Rante explains, provides different entry points for the viewer, so the work suggests something beyond image and projects physicality.

Rante is especially interested in the presentation and installation of the work. She hangs the drawings by straight pins, lays them on the floor, or projects and suspends them to create an installation where the viewer, the wall and the space are activated by subtle movements, shadows, and a quiet presence.

Danielle Rante currently resides in Columbus, Ohio. She received an M.F.A. degree from University of Iowa and a B.F.A. degree from University of Toledo. She will be a guest artist and exhibitor at the 2nd China Sanbao International Printmaking Exhibition and Symposium, opening in Jingdezhen and traveling around China.

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The Annihilation of Matter (for William Bronk)
October 17 – November 16, 2008

A site-specific light installation by Charles Matson Lume


Hartnett Gallery is pleased to announce the exhibition, “The Annihilation of Matter (for William Bronk),” a site-specific light installation by the artist Charles Matson Lume. “The Annihilation of Matter (for William Bronk)” will open in the Hartnett Gallery on Friday, October 17th and will be on display through November 16th. The opening of the exhibition will coincide with Meliora Weekend, the University of Rochester’s annual alumni event.

“The Annihilation of Matter (for William Bronk)” is a work created by the artist with the Hartnett Gallery space in mind. Often the architecture of a new space becomes the catalyst for the artist’s work. He will consider the angles and contours of Hartnett’s unique gallery space, located in a building designed by I.M. Pei & Associates, in order to create an installation that engages in a pas de deux between space and light.

Charles Matson Lume’s art explores light’s phenomenological range. A goal of the artist is to transform the material world into spaces of ephemeral, aesthethic experiences. Charles notes that his work advocates for awareness both sensually and cognitively in the hopes of extending the language of art, all the while exploring its place within art history and the world.

Charles Matson Lume received a M.F.A. and M.A. from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and a B.A. in Psychology from Wheaton College, Wheaton, IL. Charles has been awarded artist fellowships from the Bush Foundation, Jerome Foundation, and the Minnesota State Arts Board. His art has been exhibited at institutions such as: the Irish Museum of Modern Art, (Dublin, Ireland), Stone Gallery, (Dublin, Ireland), The Dock (Carrick-on-Shannon, Ireland), Minnesota Museum of American Art (MN), Urban Institute of Contemporary Art (MI), Pittsburgh Center for the Arts (PA), and Miami University (OH). Charles has participated in artist residencies such as: the Irish Museum of Modern Art, Millay Colony for the Arts, Science Museum of Minnesota, and the Blacklock Nature Sanctuary. Currently, he is an Associate Professor of Art at the University of Wisconsin-Stout. Charles lives with his wife, Sarah, and daughters, Helena & Babette in St. Paul, MN.

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Acid Love Letter
December 3-17, 2008

The Visual and Cultural Studies Holiday Show


Bo Zheng, "Watch Porn, Learn English"

Hartnett Gallery is pleased to announce the exhibition, “Acid Love Letter.” The exhibition features art created by students in the Visual and Cultural Studies Graduate Program at the University of Rochester.

Included in the show are pieces by Dinah Holtzman, Nicola Mann, Lucy Mulroney, Victoria Pass, Genevieve Waller, and Bo Zheng. The work ranges from mixed media installation and video to black and white photography and textile art.

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Looking Both Ways
January 22 – February 27, 2009

Recent photography by Myra Greene


Hartnett Gallery at the University of Rochester is pleased to announce “Looking Both Ways,” an exhibition of two series of recent photographic work by Myra Greene. “Looking Both Ways” will open in the Hartnett Gallery on Thursday, January 22nd and will be on display through February 27th.

“Looking Both Ways” will exhibit photographs from Greene’s Character Recognition and My White Friends series. The work from Character Recognition consists of 40-50 3×4’’ black glass plate ambrotype self portraits. Greene states, “Confronted with an upswell of personal and public bigotry, I was forced to ask myself, what do people see when they look at me?” She asks, “Am I nothing but black?” Using the nineteenth century wet-plate collodian process (a process linked to ethnographic classification), Greene explores her features through the lens of race, gender, and the complicated history of the visual coding of these classifications.

The work in My White Friends consists of 20×20” color print portraits of white men and women who are friends of the artist. About the photographs in My White Friends, Shawn Michelle Smith writes, “Greene’s work aims to make whiteness visible in the bodies and gestures and material environments of her friends, playfully refusing to allow whiteness its habitual privilege of invisibility and normalcy.”

“Looking Both Ways” is in connection with “Pleasure and Beauty,” an exhibition of photographs by Carla Williams at Visual Studies Workshop. A joint catalog for the two exhibitions will be available at both venues. The catalog features an essay on the work of both artists by Shawn Michelle Smith, photographer and author of such notable books as Photography on the Color Line: W.E.B. Dubois, Race and Visual Culture published by Duke University Press and American Archives: Gender, Race, and Class in Visual Culture published by Princeton University Press.

Myra Greene received a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Photography from Washington University in St. Louis and a Master of Fine Arts in Photography from the University of New Mexico. She is currently Assistant Professor of Photography at Columbia College in Chicago.

Additional support for “Looking Both Ways” was provided by Columbia College Chicago.

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March 20-April 12, 2009

A sound and light installation by Takafumi Ide


Hartnett Gallery is pleased to announce the exhibition, “propagate,” a light and sound installation by the artist Takafumi Ide. “propagate” will open in the Hartnett Gallery on Friday, March 20th  and will be on display through April 12th.
In “propagate” the darkened gallery space becomes the site for a meditation on birth and nurturing new life. Sixteen channels of sound are electronically linked to sixteen light emitting diodes creating shadow images and patterns in response to the volume, evocative of whispers in candlelight. Under each light there is a frame with a photograph of seeds and seedpods printed on transparency film. Ghostly organic shadow images from the film are projected on a canvas under each frame.

Takafumi Ide’s art explores the ephemeral beauty of human life. A goal of the artist is to trigger the audience’s memory through sound and light. Ide’s work often juxtaposes complex technological apparatuses with small fragile objects such as branches, gold leaf, and handmade paper. Life’s instability is further conveyed through his hanging structures that are meant to communicate the uncertainty of the future and the precarious harmony of the objects’ interactions.
Takafumi Ide will be at the University of Rochester on March 20th to give a talk in Hartnett Gallery about the work on display. An opening reception for “propagate” will take place in the gallery following the artist talk from 5:00-7:00 PM. All events are free and open to the public.

Takafumi Ide is a lecturer of Digital Art at Stony Brook University and Suffolk County Community College. Ide received a Bachelor of Arts in Graphic Design from Tama Art University in Tokyo and a Master of Fine Arts in Studio Art from Stony Brook University in New York.

This project is supported in part with funds from the Strategic Opportunity Stipend (SOS) Program through the New York Foundation for the Arts, administered on Long Island by the East End Arts Council.

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